(PETS/HOLIDAYS) The ASPCA is providing some great tips for buying gifts this season to ensure everyone, including dogs, can enjoy the holidays.

The organization emphasizes the importance of boycotting any stores that sell dogs, since they were likely obtained from puppy mills. Many dogs across the country suffer from unsafe conditions at puppy mills, and you can show your support for stopping this harmful practice by buying your Christmas gifts elsewhere this year.

The ASPCA even provides some suggestions for do-it-yourself presents you can make right at home. Continue reading and view the video clip below for gift-buying guidelines for friends, family, and pets. — Global Animal


The holiday season presents a time when shoppers are buying gifts for pet lovers and their pets, and ASPCA is encouraging shoppers not to buy anything at stores that sell puppies. Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills, which are large scale breeding operations where dogs live in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. Check out What Not to Buy, the ASPCA’s holiday video aimed at educating consumers about the connection between pet store puppies and puppy mills.

According to studies, 37 percent of Americans will be buying a gift for their pets over the holidays. Consider getting gifts that give back from the ASPCA Online Store, such as:

For DIY enthusiasts or just those trying to cut back on costs, ASPCA behavior experts also suggest these fun Do-It-Yourself ideas for pet toys and treats:

  • To make a tasty chew toy, soak a rope toy in chicken broth and then freeze. Once frozen, give the toy to your dog for hours of savory chewing.
  • For cats, fill plastic Easter eggs with wet cat food as a fun food puzzle.
  • Rinse out an empty, cardboard milk carton, fill it with dry pet food and poke holes for a food-dispensing puzzle toy.
  • To give your pooch some holiday R&R, spray lavender oil on a bandana and tie around your dog’s neck. Evidence suggests lavender oil has a calming effect on dogs.

There are also many great gift options for pet lovers that make a difference in the lives of animals in need like, including:

Be sure to join the ASPCA #SantaPaws Holiday Twitter party and giveaway extravaganza on Wednesday, December 18th, from 7-8pm EST and enter the ASPCA holiday pet photo contest by sharing a photo of your pet celebrating the holidays.

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